Acad. Goce Petreski was born on 31st of August 1953 in Krusevo. He graduated at the Faculty of Economics in Skopje on a topic related to economic theory of John M. Keynes. He finished Postgraduate studies in economic development and methods of economic analysis. In 1983 he defended his master thesis “Cost-benefit analysis and its application in the evaluation of infrastructure projects”. As a fellow of UN he also completed postgraduate studies in the field of population and development at the University of “Javaharlal Nehru” in New Delhi in India. Acad. Petreski obtained his PhD degree by defending his doctoral thesis “Theoretical-methodologic basis of the analysis of the development goals and evaluation of a project“.
In his academic career, acad. Goce Petreski successively passed through all teaching and scientific titles from junior assistant to full professor. His field of scientific interest is the economic growth and development, investment, labor economics and international economic issues. He has held lectures and stayed at many universities and he is a Visiting professor at the University of Zagreb. Acad. Petreski fluently speaks English and French, and actively knows several foreign languages.
In his current academic career Acad. Goce Petrovski realized several study visits in: The Hague, Tokyo, Seoul, Stockholm, London, Bonn, Luxemburg and Bruges. He realized participation of a large number of international conferences, symposia and seminars in London, Trivandrum, Geneva, Washington, Stockholm, Warsaw, The Hague, Santander an others, as well as at international conferences in Crans Montana, Davos, New York, Singapore, Geneva, Lyon, Seattle, Johannesburg, Bangkok, Stockholm, Oslo and others. He participated in many international conferences, symposia, workshops, conferences and seminars in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Athens, Oslo, Evian, Berlin, Lyon, Thessaloniki, Cairo, Volos, Prilep, Ohrid, Skopje, Bonn, Luxembourg and Bruges. Acad. Petreski took part with speeches, presentations and attended several trainings abroad related to various economic areas and topics, among other things he has acquired degrees, certifications and accolades in: Trivandrum, India, 1990; Seoul, Korea, 1991; Tokyo, Japan, 1993; Bonn, Germany, 1993; Skopje, 1994, Luxembourg, 2006.
Besides academic career, acad. Petreski held high public offices, among others, as the development minister in the first government after the independence of Macedonia (1991-92) and the Macedonian ambassador to the UN (1994-2000). Also he held various international posts: Chairman of the Economic and Financial Committee of the 50th anniversary General Assembly of the United Nations in New York (1995-96); Chairman of the Board of UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) (1997-98), in Geneva; Chief negotiator for the accession of Macedonia to the World Trade Organization (WTO); part of the initiative and the overall progress of the negotiations with EFTA; he was coordinator of the economic group for succession in Brussels, The Hague and Geneva; Coordinator and co-author of Anti Inflatory Program, 1992; He was a consultant of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London; member of the international Blue Ribbon-Reform Commission and the Commission for Securities of the Republic of Macedonia. At the same time, he also pursued significant advisory roles at the Cabinets of the Prime Ministers of the Government of Republic of Macedonia, the Governor of the National Bank and the President of the Republic of Macedonia.
He was awarded with the highest state award “Goce Delchev” for the work in the field of science in 2002.
As a Full member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts he was elected on 27th of May 2009.